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Now that the CBA season has come to an end – the Xinjiang Flying Tigers were crowned the league champs in a four-game sweep over Guangdong – Asia-Basket.com has released its All-Chinese CBA Awards for the 2016-17 season, and Jimmer Fredette absolutely cleaned up.

The former BYU guard was generously decorated for his outstanding play as he led the turnaround of the Shanghai Sharks from an also ran to one of the top teams in the league during his first season.

He took home three major honors as he was named Guard of the Year, Import Player of the Year and the overall Player of the Year.

All three honors were well deserved as Fredette carried the Sharks to 30-win regular season and a trip to the playoffs. Along the way, he put up masterful scoring displays, including four 50-point games and a 73-point night where he scored 22 straight points in overtime to keep the Sharks in the game.

For the regular season, Fredette averaged 37.3 points a game on 48.1 percent shooting from the floor, including 41.1 percent from beyond the arc and 92.8 percent from the foul line. He also chipped in with 7.9 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.7 steals in 39.3 minutes.

He bumped those numbers up to 40.3 points a night in the playoffs with 11.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals, but couldn’t propel the shorthanded Sharks past the first round.

Fredette was also one of three imports to earn First-Team All-CBA, along with Darius Adams and Andray Blatche. The other two players named to the First-Team were Yi Jianlian and Ding Yanyuhang.

Here are some of Fredette’s best highlights during the season.

In other Sharks related news, Guerschon Yabusele joined the D-League’s Maine Red Claws following the CBA season and has played very well. In two regular season appearances, he averaged 18.5 points on 64.7 percent shooting from the floor, including 66.7 percent from distance to go along with 10 rebounds in 26.8 minutes.

 

 

 

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Jimmer Fredette had another big night, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the loss of Guerschon Yabusele as the Shanghai Sharks fell to the Shenzhen Leopards 100-93 on Friday night.

Yabusele rolled his ankle midway through the second quarter and was unable to return, leaving Fredette to carry the load as the only import. He put up a valiant effort as he finished with 39 points on 13 for 29 shooting from the floor, including 6 for 13 from beyond the arc and 7 for 8 from the free-throw line. He added 11 rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block.

After a slow start that saw him score just five first-quarter points, Fredette got things going in the second as he took over after the departure of Yabusele. He started it out with a steal that he converted into a fast break lay-up. He then drilled a three from the right corner before picking up a technical foul for slapping an opposing player on the backside who had just fouled Fredette. Jimmer added a pair of free throws before he hit an off-balance jumper from just inside the 3-point line to finish the half with 17 points.

He got back to work in the third quarter with a left corner three followed by a pull-up three in transition to tie the game at 58. He then started pulling out the spin move to score his next two baskets while adding two free throws as the Sharks tried to keep up with the Leopards.

Fredette got back into a rhythm from beyond the arc in the fourth as he hit a three off the dribble from the top of the key followed by a right-wing three to cut the Leopards lead to 89-87. He knocked down two more free-throws and another scoop shot in the lane after another pretty spine move to finish his scoring efforts.

While the Leopards came away with the much-needed win, they had some struggles of their own as Maciej Lampe and Jeremy Pargo got into an altercation on the bench and had to be separated.

Lampe finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds while Pargo chipped in with 18 points, five rebounds and four assists. Gu QuAn paced Shenzhen with 24 points and eight rebounds as the Leopards evened up the series at two games apiece.

Zhang ZhaoXu totaled 14 points and four rebounds for Shanghai while Zhai Yi had 10 points, six rebounds and three assists. Yabusele finished with five points and five boards before the injury.

The deciding game of the best-of-5 series is back in Shanghai on Sunday.

Jimmer Fredette returned to Shanghai in time to carry the Sharks to a massive 107-99 overtime win over the Shenzhen Leopards to square the best-of-5 series at one game apiece.

After a tough shooting night, Fredette got the magic going in the closing seconds of regulation as he split two defenders and got to the rim with 2.2 seconds left in regulation for the difficult lay-up to give the Sharks a 92-90 lead. Jeremy Pargo answered for the Leopards at the buzzer with the would be game winner with the off-balance shot from the 3-point line. Pargo sprinted down the floor and up the tunnel in celebration, but upon a lengthy review (we’re talking like 10 minutes where the refs looked at the monitor at the scorers table, the playback on one of the video cameras filming the game and even a cell phone or two), it was clear that his foot was on the line, making it a game tying shot.

Following the long delay, Pargo got the Leopards on the board first in the extra session with a step-back baseline jumper, but Zhang ZhaoXu answered with the 3-point play to give the Sharks the lead. After a defense stop, Fredette took over as he scored eight straight points to bring home the win. He started it out with a left-wing three off the dribble to push the Sharks’ lead to 98-94. He added another three from the right side just seconds later to give Shanghai a 7-point cushion. After another defensive stop, he hit a running floater from just inside the foul line to extend the lead to 103-94 before the Sharks closed out the game at the foul line.

All told, Fredette finished the night with a game-high 39 points on 14 for 39 shooting from the floor, including 4 for 17 from beyond the arc and 7 for 8 from the foul line. He also contributed 10 rebounds, two assists and a steal in 44:04.

Guerschon Yabusele added 27 points on 10 for 17 shooting from the field, including 3 for 6 from distance with 10 rebounds and three assists. Liu XiaoYu also came up big in the win with 21 points – including four clutch free throws down the stretch – while adding nine rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Gu QuAn paced the Leopards in the tough loss with 23 points and seven rebounds, while Li Muhao managed 22 points on 9 for 13 shooting from the floor while grabbing 12 rebounds.

Pargo chipped in with 22 points on 9 for 22 shooting with seven rebounds, seven assists and five steals while Maciej Lampe recorded a double-double as he finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks.

The Sharks and the Leopards are back in Shanghai on Wednesday night for game 3.